Profile ~ Catherine E. Comeau, Massachusetts - January, 1995

Catherine Comeau retired as Chairperson of the Major Department of Health and Physical Education at Bridgewater State College with the rank of emeritus Professor.  During her tenure at Bridgewater she developed and implemented the first Women’s intercollegiate program and appointed the first director of women’s athletics (a woman) at Bridgewater.  When she retired, alumni, friends, and students established the Catherine E. Comeau award which recognized a graduate of the major department of health and physical education for contributions and service to the profession of physical education.

Her coaching career included basketball, field hockey, and synchronized swimming at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NJ.  Caye held basketball and field hockey ratings and was the co-founder of the Southern MA Board of Officials.  She has also been a member of the AAHPERD-DGWS Field Hockey Committee and was field hockey chair for the MAHPERS Division for Girls’ and Women’s Sports.

She holds a national basketball rating, is a national basketball judge of officials and was a member of the Southern MA Board of Women’s Officials.  She also organized and conducted rating sessions in Basketball at Bridgewater, on Cape Cod, and on Martha’s Vineyard Island.  She has also been a field hockey umpire.

Her involvement in professional associations, which has been extensive, includes the following:  Boston Field Hockey Association, The Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, DGWS, EDA (secretary and president), The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and DGWS (chairperson for field hockey committee and chairperson for the visual aids section.  She was a member of the sub-committee for planning the first National Institute on Girls Sports which was held in Oklahoma, and delegate to the International Congress of Physical Education and Sports for Girls and Women which was held in Washington, DC.